May 30, 1934 – Russian cosmonaut Leonov (first spacewalker) is born

Russian cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov became the first person to perform a spacewalk, also known as an EVA, on March 18, 1965 aboard Voskhod 2. He was born May 30, 1934.

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According to Wikipedia:

“Leonov was one of the twenty air force pilots selected as the first cosmonaut group in 1960. His spacewalk was originally to have taken place on the Vostok 11 mission, but this was cancelled, and the historic event happened on the Voskhod 2 flight instead. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes on March 18, 1965, connected to the craft by a five-foot tether. At the end of the 12 minute spacewalk, Leonov’s spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not reenter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit’s pressure to bleed off, and was barely able to get back inside the capsule. Leonov had spent some eighteen months undergoing intense weightlessness training for the mission.”


~ by tellinghistory on May 30, 2007.

One Response to “May 30, 1934 – Russian cosmonaut Leonov (first spacewalker) is born”

  1. Dear Mr. Leonov,

    Man like you deserves commendation from the people of the Earth, because your contribution for human quest for Science and advancement of technology incredible not to mention your near death experience when you took pictures outside your spacecraft. You are one of the few men who will be in HISTORY books that mankind will always remember. I happened to watched your interview in RT News channel in London last night.

    Congratulations and More Power to You Sir…

    All my Respect,

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